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Program Type: Science, Engineering, and Math

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Getting an engineering degree will help you address the world’s most pressing challenges. If you think creatively, solve practical problems, work collaboratively, lead projects, manage budgets, and communicate effectively, a career in engineering may be for you. Engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to practical and technical problems that benefit society. As an engineer, you'll be highly employable with many options for specialization throughout several industries, such as cybersecurity, maintaining clean water and viable energy supplies, finding sustainable ways to grow food, building lasting infrastructure, or designing cutting-edge technologies.

ECC's Engineering Pathways Program

The Associate in Engineering Science (AES) at ECC degree is designed to parallel the first two years of pre-engineering programs at most Illinois universities. It facilitates students transferring into a bachelor’s engineering program with junior standing.

The engineering program coursework offers what is normally called the "engineering core" at most colleges and universities. 

Get additional information, including AES Program Coursework with class listings and descriptions.

Are you interested in a guided transfer pathway program? We offer guaranteed Admission for Engineering Pathways students into Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, one of the top engineering programs in the world.

Learn more about a plan ECC offers to guide you toward courses relevant to your interests and based on the requirements of certain institutions by speaking with your academic advisor. 

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The career outlook for engineers is generally positive, but having an aptitude in science and math is important. You will also need to select which type of engineering to study. Some of the fastest-growing options include computer and biomedical engineering. 

Getting a job as an engineer and the demand for workers varies based on location and industry. You will likely have the best prospects if you have strong technical skills and adaptability. Refer to Career Coach for more salary information and related occupation ideas.

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the engineering plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate Degree

What is Engineering?

Engineering is the application of scientific, mathematical, and technical principles to design, build, and maintain structures, machines, systems, and processes. It involves using creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems and meet the needs of society. Engineering encompasses various fields, including electrical, mechanical, civil, and chemical engineering. By starting an engineering degree at a community college, you'll learn how to design, develop, and test new technologies, products, and processes that improve the quality of life and enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations after getting a degree by transferring with one of our school partners.

Learn more about starting your Engineering degree program at ECC!

Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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Start at ECC and prepare to transfer to The Grainger College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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